Ego-State Therapy Interventions to
Prepare Dysregulated, Dissociative, and
Attachment-Wounded Clients for EMDR

This workshop teaches fundamental client-stabilization
interventions. All therapists are welcome to attend.

Presentation by Amy Blake, LCSW


September 9-10, 2021

12:00 PM – 3:15 PM US Eastern Time
11:00 AM – 2:15 PM US Central Time
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM US Mountain Time
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM US Pacific Time

6 Professional CEs and 6 EMDRIA Credits

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Dysregulated, dissociative, attachment-wounded clients need careful preparation to ensure the best possible EMDR outcomes. This workshop will introduce a collection of ego state therapy interventions, from the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS), for stabilizing these clients. It will describe ways to talk directly to triggered wounded child parts—to welcome them, get their story, orient them to present time, and reassure them that their perception of “reliving” an old trauma is just a harmless recording playing back. With videos from real sessions, the webinar will demonstrate getting wounded child parts in a dialogue with loving, attuned, vetted, internal Resources who are able to help them feel safe while meeting their emotional needs. This webinar will show how to…

  •   distinguish between attachment wounds and trauma wounds
  •   clarify the importance of this distinction in EMDR case conceptualization
  •   quickly and effectively mobilize a team of vetted Resources
  •   establish a Special Safe Place (a fun place for wounded parts to hang out)
  •   identify therapy goals that can actually block processing
  •   set an effective therapy goal – free of blocks
  •   invite wounded parts forward
  •   start a dialogue with wounded parts
  •   encourage wounded parts to tell their story
  •   attune, validate, and empathize with wounded parts
  •   connect wounded parts to a loving, supportive team of Resources
  •   orient wounded parts to present time
  •   show wounded parts they’re overreacting to harmless recordings of wounding messages from the past

Collectively these interventions can stabilize dysregulated, dissociated, wounded parts. As more and more parts are stabilized, clients gets triggered less often. When triggered, there is lower intensity and faster recovery. This improvement in emotion regulation can prepare clients for safe and effective EMDR trauma processing. Attendees will get a 29-page handout (a condensed version of the entire presentation), including three pages of answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, attendees will be given online access to 11 pages of protocol worksheets.

Webinar Agenda

Thursday, September 9

Introduction & Overview


Foundational Stability
Childhood Wounding
Parts of Self
Getting Triggered
Healing Childhood Wounds
Talking to Wounded Parts
Alternating Bilateral Stimulation

Foundational Interventions

Mobilizing Resources
Complications Mobilizing Resources
Video: Mobilizing Resources
Pairing with the Resources

Friday, September 10

Foundational Interventions continued

Establishing a Special Safe Place
Video: Special Safe Place
Setting an Effective Therapy Goal
Video: Therapy Goal

Educational Interventions

Orienting to Present Time
Adult Body Intervention
Explaining About Harmless Recording
Wrapping Up & Settling In
Video: Stabilizing a Wounded Part

Concluding Remarks

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how childhood attachment wounds affect the development of foundational stability and the emotion regulation skills clients need before beginning EMDR.
  2. Describe how to guide clients to mobilize a team of vetted Resources.
  3. Describe ego state therapy interventions for stabilizing wounded child parts.
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Target Audience

This workshop will be helpful for all mental health professionals who work with clients wounded in childhood (psychologists, counselors, social workers, and LMFTs, etc.)—whether trained in EMDR or not. While this is NOT an EMDR training per se, EMDR therapists will learn how to use these interventions to prepare fragile, wounded, dissociative clients for EMDR. This is officially an Intermediate Level training. But it will teach stabilizing ego state therapy interventions informative to all skill levels.

About the Presenter

Amy Blake, LCSW has a private practice in Maine. She specializes in Relationship Therapy and in treating attachment wounding and trauma. She has trained in and worked with the DNMS since 2013. She has trained in and uses EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Grove Metaphor Therapy and clinical hypnosis in her work with individuals. For more information about Amy, visit her website.

Webinar Dates & Times

Meets Thursday Sept 9 and Friday Sept 10. The Zoom meeting will open a half hour early. The meeting will run from…
12:00 PM – 3:15 PM US Eastern Time
11:00 AM – 2:15 PM US Central Time
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM US Mountain Time
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM US Pacific Time

To look up the webinar start time where you live, click here and type into the blue box a big city in your time zone.

Workshop Cost

Early Registration: On or before Sunday, September 5 US$125.

Late Registration:, On or after Monday, September 6 US$145.

Attendance Information

A few days before the webinar, we’ll email all attendees a web address with links to the handout and Zoom meeting. If you register for this training and have not received an email from us by Wednesday, September 8, check to see if it’s been marked as spam. If you cannot locate the email, please call us right away, at 210-561-7881, so we can get you the web address well in advance of the webinar start time.

This live webinar will not be recorded. If you want the flexibility of watching a pre-recorded presentation at your convenience, check out these on-demand webinars.

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Continuing Education Credit

EMDRIA Credits

This workshop is approved by EMDRIA for 6 EMDRIA Credits (approval # 17008-23). (While this is NOT an EMDR training per se, it can help therapists prepare clients for EMDR.) Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training. Shirley Jean Schmidt (EC Provider #17008) maintains responsibility for this program and its content, in accordance with EMDRIA standards.

Professional CEs

Social Workers: The DNMS Institute, LLC, #1702, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The DNMS Institute, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/27/2019-9/27/2022. Click here to see if social workers in your state are covered. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours.

Psychologists, Counselors, LMFTs, Nurses: Psychologists, LPCs, LCPCs, MHCs, LMHCs, LMFTs, and mental health nurses will receive 6 CEs in states where any scope-of-practice continuing education is accepted, or where continuing education from ASWB ACE providers is accepted. Check your regulatory board website to determine approval.

Contact Information

For questions about the content of the training, email Amy Blake. For questions about registering for this training, call or email the DNMS Institute at 210-561-7881 or

Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you register then need to cancel, call or email the DNMS Institute, to let us know.
210-561-7881 or
We will issue you a full refund minus a US$10 processing fee.

Grievance Policy

The DNMS Institute will make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Participants who are unhappy about the content of the workshop, or have any other grievances, should contact us. Click here to read about our Grievance Policy & Procedure.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

The DNMS Institute aims to ensure that all trainings are handicap accessible. Participants who need special accommodations, should call or email the DNMS Institute at 210-561-7881 or

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program. Click here for a list of peer-reviewed research studies that document the effectiveness of this approach.

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Deana Carson, LCSW
Certified EMDR Therapist

“Absolutely enjoyed this webinar. Very useful information. Presented very well! Thanks!”

Rhonda M. Livers, LPC
Certified EMDR Therapist

“This webinar has equipped me with the piece I was missing with my clients who have experienced complex trauma.”

Chelsea Tyler, LCSW-C

“I loved this training! It was eye opening to find an intervention that addresses the unconscious needs that keep clients stuck from making their personal goal for progress and stability.”

Penny McCallister-von Bonin, LPCC

“Wonderful information which came at a critical time in my practice. Thank you so very much.”

Heath Fervida, PysD

“Great webinar. It helped me see how to unstick a few clients I’ve been stuck with.”